Wild Tanzania: Ruaha, Nyerere and Mafia Island
Discover some of the wild highlights of the Tanzania Southern Circuit. Commence your journey in Dar es Salaam and take a flight to Nyerere National Park. Your Camp is nestled along the Rufiji River and promises a harmonious blend of luxury and nature. Immerse yourself in the wild with shared game drives, guided bush walks, and boat excursions, offering a front-row seat to the untamed beauty of Tanzania's oldest marine park.
Continue to Ruaha National Park, a hidden gem stretching along the Great Ruaha River. At Ruaha River Lodge, positioned strategically for optimal game viewing, witness the drama of the wild unfold from the comfort of your veranda. Engage in shared game activities amid the breathtaking landscapes.
The journey then leads to the pristine Mafia Island, known for its untouched paradise and marine wonders. Pole Pole, an exclusive eco-lodge on Chole Bay, offers a tranquil atmosphere. Dive into the unique experiences of whale shark encounters, cultural exploration, and water activities. Each day includes boat excursions, unveiling the vibrant coral reefs and hidden gems of the archipelago.
There is much to see and explore during your stay - some of the seasonal highlights include -
Whale Sharks: From October to March, dive into the waters and share a mesmerizing experience snorkeling alongside gentle giants.
Baby Turtles: In June to August, witness the timeless spectacle of sea turtles nesting on Tanzanian beaches for over 150 million years. Between June and September, delight in the instinctive scramble of hundreds of baby turtles making their way from the white sandy beaches to the inviting waters of the warm Indian Ocean.
Humpback Whales: Finally, from August to October, marvel at the majestic Humpback Whale migration in the south of Mafia as these colossal creatures, accompanied by their calves, journey to the warm waters—an awe-inspiring sight given their potential 14-meter length and staggering 40-ton weight!
Conclude your Tanzanian odyssey with a return to Dar es Salaam. This meticulously curated journey promises not only luxurious accommodations but also an immersive encounter with the untamed, allowing you to witness the unfiltered beauty of these diverse national parks.
This adventure can tailormade to your requirements - want more? There is also the option to start in Arusha, so combining with the famous northern circuit before is an easy addition - talk to us today!
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Renowned as one of the best places to encounter whale sharks, Mafia Island provides a unique opportunity to swim alongside these gentle giants in the warm Indian Ocean.
Ruaha's unspoiled wilderness delivers an authentic African safari away from crowds, with the Great Ruaha River providing a prime location to observe wildlife and witness nature's drama
Explore diverse ecosystems, from acacia woodlands to riverbanks, providing a rich tapestry of landscapes and habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.